Regular tantrum - a childish fit of rage; outburst of bad temper
Feels-like-you-are-being-bashed-over-the-head-with-a-brick tantrum - this is the type of tantrum my big boy (now 5 1/2) used to have. We got to the 'terrible twos' and wondered what people were talking about. It wasn't too terrible, sure he'd have a hissy fit every now and then but it certainly wasn't terrible. Then he got to three...oh yeah...then we knew we were alive. Tantrum city, here we come. I don't even remember now what they were about but they would go on and on and on and on, until you felt like your brain was going to explode. Sometimes he would cry and scream until he vomited. The worst one lasted for 2 1/2 hours until he fell asleep and then woke up and continued it. The day after he was born I could tell he was particular, sensitive and persistent. Persistence can be a very good character trait, if used for good instead of evil. When used to prolong tantrums, it.is.evil. Thank God he is past the tantrum stage. He is still very persistent, but we no longer have to endure the tantrums from hell.
Almost-painless tantrum - this is the type of tantrum my little girl (who is 2 1/2) has. She started tantrums before she was even two. She'd throw herself on the floor, face down, and cry and scream. Now she stomps her foot. Where she gets that from I do not know, none of the rest of us do that, perhaps it's innate. She'll cry, she'll scream, she'll smack me and throw things. But it only lasts for a couple of minutes then she asks for a cuddle and a tissue and it's all over. It's almost heaven in comparison. I realize she hasn't hit three yet and that it could get worse, but she is just different. The day after she was born I could tell she was particular (they're both Virgos...hence both particular), strong (she held her head up by herself at 2 days old) and a good communicator. At 2 1/2 she is only just starting to speak, but we've never had any real difficulty understanding what she wants.
It's a tantrum kind of day today with my little girl. It's only 11am and she's had three already. But, as they are almost painless, it's not so bad.
What kind of tantrums do/did your kids have? Please don't tell me they didn't have them!